Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fun School

Earthgirl loves art. I find some of the best ideas for art from real live art teachers like Patty at Deep Space Sparkle and Kathy at Art Projects for Kids. The latter is where this kimono project originated. Like most homeschool mamas, I am reveling in the education I am getting.

Today we went to a wonderful presentation called Wilderness Tabernacle. We ran into my friend Science Geek there, along with the unpredictable J.D. and the effervescent Jax. (I love unpredictability and effervescence.) Her post shares all the important stuff better than I can, except for the rain delay. See the dark clouds? This post was after the rain.

Just to keep it real, I confess that we did not have a deep spiritual conversation on the way home, as they did. Our group (2 Moms, one of whom had to go to work, and 3 children, one of whom had the sniffles) conversed all the way on whether we should run by Chick Fil A or Sonic.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Flower Girl's Wedding Journal

Hair-do by the beautiful and talented Bride herself...

Hanging out with the girls, all sisters and cousins (notice that the Bride is wearing the white cover-up)...

All ready for the ceremony, holding a bridesmaid's bouquet...

After the lovely wedding ceremony...

Dancing with Daddy...

Cake with the cute little ring-bearer, who, by the way, did a great big-boy job...

Posing with Mama and Daddy...

Dancing with cousins...

Crashing in the lobby and missing the final goodbyes...

Congratulations to our sweet niece and (now) nephew! May God bless your marriage.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More on paper and cards

I have always liked working with paper. When I was a baby, Mama kept a box of old magazines stashed behind the sofa, and when I was in the mood, she'd pull the box out and I would tear the magazines into strips. To keep me quiet in church, she'd hand me a Kleenex, and I would tear it into strips. She figured it was a sign of genius. At restaurants I fold my straw paper into 4ths lengthwise and tie bows or knots.

I love making cards - quick projects, quick feedback. I usually keep them pretty simple. I don't have the patience and meticulosity (like that word?) for a lot of embellishments and glitter, like my friend over at Camellia Cottage Designs and all her linked card designers. But I love looking at what they have done. I could peruse those many crafty blogs all day. OK, I admit it: sometimes I do.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Paper Project

Birgit over at The Primitive Country Bug had some images of cute little vintage seed packets that can be downloaded. She printed them on fabric for decorative pillows. Hmmm...later I may have to try that printing on fabric thing.

But right now I just printed them out on off-white cardstock, backed them with some scrapbook paper that already has appeared on enough pages in my photo albums, and mounted them on cards. Simple, quick - would have taken about 2 minutes per card if all my cutting and taping-down supplies had already been out.

I also used a lavender-ish inkpad to stain the edges of the image.

Spring Thunderstorms

It's raining cats and dogs.

Here are some of the cats.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Mother's Day Weekend

View from hotel balcony, 6:40 Saturday morning.

View from near my beach umbrella, a few hours later.

During those 15 barren years before God opened my womb and gave us Earthgirl, we tried to make it a habit to take a trip on or including Mother's Day. It was so much easier to go somewhere, and then by the time we arrived home Sunday evening, Mother's day was all done. We have tried to maintain the tradition, and I love it. We have missed the last 2 years, but this year we went to Daytona Beach for the whole weekend.

I want to go to the beach more often this summer - and by summer, I mean right up to November. What do you want to do often this summer?

Monday, May 11, 2009

ICE - In Case of Emergency

Florida friends - we can now link our Driver's License numbers with 2 emergency contacts.

My friend Donna informed me that this can be done online, but I had to replace my 15-year-old DL this Spring, so I added my contacts in person. Donna's husband was in a terrible accident 2 years ago, and it took some time for emergency personnel to locate her. It would have made that afternoon easier for all involved if the emergency personnel could have accessed her cell phone number in a flash.

I also have in my phone and in my wallet several ICE (In Case if Emergency) contacts - not just my husband, (who could be in an accident with me) but friends who could come get Earthgirl until family arrived. I pray there will never be a need for them.

Friday, May 8, 2009

What's for Supper?

I'm a Southern cook. I'm not the cook my Mama is, or that Nanny or Grandmama were, but I can, like Mama, breeze into the kitchen with no idea what's for supper, peer into the freezer or pantry, and whip up fried ham, butterbeans and/or peas, biscuits, and grits in about a half-hour total. Ditto other menus. I don't do it as often as I should - there are, after all, advantages to living in a developed area, including good take-out Chinese and plenteous restaurants - but I can do it when I need to. And the biscuits? - I have come to depend upon Mary B's or Marshall's frozen biscuits. (Mine are only about 65% likely to bake up fluffy; theirs have a better track record)

Like Nanny, I mess with recipes. This sometimes turns out good, like when I took the recipe for Russian Tea Mix, added some pumpkin pie spice and black pepper, and made it a spicy Southern Russian Chai Mix, and sometimes it turns out badly, like the time I added Cajun Seasoning to a meatloaf recipe that already had sausage in it, resulting in the consumption of gallons of sweet tea to cool the fire. (Our guests said, "It's good - - really. We like spicy food." Then they moved away.)

{In the above paragraph, I am not certain if I shoulda said, "...turns out good...turns out bad..." or "...turns out well...turns out poorly...", so I split the difference. I guess I mess with grammar, too}

Since I have packed up my cookbooks into storage, I have become adept at finding recipes online. My favorite source in Recipezaar, though there are many others. Southern Living is another old favorite.

Southern Plate is a recipe-driven blog I am just beginning to explore. Christy is a Southern cook shore 'nuff. I cook some of her recipes already, because they are already part of my upbringing. Her how-to-make real Banana Pudding is a must for anyone who thinks banana pudding comes in a box. It's made the way Mama does, except we make ours in a long Pyrex casserole, and top it with meringue. I want to try her Mama's Chocolate Cobbler. I've made the Shoney's look-alike strawberry pie. And that's just what I see from my first viewing.

Do you have a favorite recipe website?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Project in progress

Such promise!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday Morning Thoughts

Ho! Everyone who thirsts...

My favorite Sunday School teacher (the one to whom I am married) taught from Isaiah 55 today. What a wonderful call! Come and drink!
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